A Look back at 2015 Service Year and Higher Ed Innovation Competition Winners

Helping out and earning credits

2015 was a successful year for the Service Year and Higher Education innovation competition. The competition was designed to connect young adults in school with performing charitable services in order to gain course credits. Through this competition platform, people had the opportunity to send in their project ideas that would help students do a service through something that they may be passionate about so they could take those skills with them to future job positions.


According to the website, the 2015 finalists for each category and the ideas they

Proposed were:

  • Community Colleges – Miami Dade College

“Proposed a Changemaker Corps, a peer to peer mentoring and support program that helps youth who have aged out of foster care mentor other foster care system students, with the goal of helping them stay in school, graduate, and develop employability skills. The mentors’ service year would be 20 hours per week for 9 months, for which they would receive 3 credits and professional development.”

  • Public Universities – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

“Proposed a Community Health Worker: Advocate! Navigate! Educate! service year for nursing students. The service year builds upon the university’s College Now Program, a five-year admissions option which assists students with the transition from high school to college through a first year experience. The 8-month, 30 hour per week, service year would be connected to 12 academic credits.”

  • Private Universities – Drake University

“Proposed an Engaged Citizen Corps, a curriculum and service year experience for entering first year students. Members will work towards increasing economic and community development in the Greater Des Moines Region. Members would complete a 9-month, 32-hour week service placement with the integration of 24 undergraduate college credits.”

With innovation competitions like the Service Year and Higher Education challenge, the winners will be able to provide solid ways for students to complete their degree while also doing a learning new skills. Skild is confident that this competition will do exactly what it was supposed to – by helping students attain college credits while also giving them the means to go forward and serve in a field that interests them.